Last Night In Woodbridge

In a battle of the top two offenses in the Carolina League, No. 1 Winston-Salem beat No. 2 Potomac with three runs in the 8th for a 5-3 win.

Rob Wort took the loss, his first for Potomac this season. After retiring the first two batters on weak flyballs to second and right field, a walk followed by three long hits — a double to left-center, a double to right, a triple to right-center — broke open the 2-2 game and gave the Dash a 5-2 lead.

It’s tempting to write this one off as just another bullpen implosion — which it was — but the ten runners left on and the 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position also bears mention. Indeed, three of the ten were left on in the final two frames as Potomac could only get back one run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th.

Early on, it looked like Potomac was going to have its way with Jake Cose, getting five hits in the first two innings. But the damage was limited to just the one run, which came in on a wild pitch, though Michael Taylor did rip a liner into left that would have plated the run anyway.

Meanwhile, starter Blake Schwartz was doing his part as the starters have for the most part since Kylin Turnbull was sent packing in April. Schwartz gave up a solo shot in the 1st and an unearned run in the 4th for a quality start of two runs over six innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

Cose, as you might have guessed, settled down in the middle innings, allowing a pair of two-out runners in the 4th. Kevin Keyes broke up the Dash pitcher’s modest streak of five batters retired with his seventh HR of the season in the 6th, a not-so-modest blast to left-center that tied the game at 2-2.

Dash reliever Joe Dvorksy would get the benefit (i.e. the win) of the Winston-Salem 8th for pitching a scoreless 7th, allowing a one-out double to Billy Burns.

The two teams meet again tonight with Brian Rauh (0-0, 4.00) facing off against Joe Blough (7-4, 3.92).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 4.58) and
Tatusko (1-2, 3.79) vs.
De Vries (3-3, 8.60) and
Worley (4-3, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.34) vs.
Link (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 4.00) vs.
Blough (7-4, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.51) vs.
Glasnow (4-1, 2.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Garner (0-0, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
DSL Nationals GNR vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.

Syracuse vs Rochester — PPD
Syracuse was rained out for the seventh time on Monday, but will attempt to make it up tonight for an actual two for Tuesday.
Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis optioned from Washington; OF-1B Micah Owings released.

Erie 1 Harrisburg 0
• Hill (L, 1-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3
• Hood 1-3
• Lozada 1-3, 3B

Jose Lozada’s one-out triple in the 6th broke up a string of 18 hitless innings for the Senators, who were shut out again, 1-0 in Erie. Starter Taylor Hill basically matched his previous outing with a run over seven innings, albeit on a home run, but took the loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out three. Destin Hood and Jason Martinson also singled as Harrisburg managed just three hits and one walk on offense. For those wondering, sources say that Karns’ start was shifted to Wednesday from last night to give him more time to work with coaches on “stuff,” which usually means mechanics.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Wort (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats bullpen woes resurfaced Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke promoted from Hagerstown. His first start is scheduled for Thursday.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Lee (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Perez 3-4, R, 2RBI

A four-run 4th plus Nick Lee’s strongest outing to date added up to a 6-2 Hagerstown win over West Virginia. Lee tossed seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk while fanning nine. Derek Self stranded two in the 8th and worked around a double in the 9th for his first save with the Suns. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and scored twice as part of a 4-for-5 night, while Stephen Perez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as the Hagerstown offense produced 13 hits total.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
The rain that soaked Syracuse also bathed Batavia, postponing the game to an undetermined date as it will not be on Wednesday. Auburn visits Batavia three more times in late August (21, 22, 27).
Roster moves: RHP Austin Dicharry released; LHP Justin Thomas promoted from the GCL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain washed out Monday’s game between the Marlins and Nationals. It will be made up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Rojos — GNR
Game Not Reported.
Today is the “New Year” for IFAs and there have been whispers that the Nationals will be spending up to half of their $1.85MM bonus pool in August to sign the #29 prospect, Anderson Franco, a not-yet-16 (DOB: 8/15/97) third baseman who’s the reverse of the usual scouting report for Dominicans his age (polished defender, raw on offense). At 6’1″ and 185 lbs, the projection is for power but not a lot of speed. His arm is considered one of the best in the D.R.(H/T to Brian Oliver for putting this on our radar).

Matt Purke Promoted To Potomac

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that LHP Matt Purke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

It’s been a long, long, long time coming for the 22-year-old southpaw who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft despite shoulder woes that inevitably led to his having surgery last offseason after making just three starts in 2012.

The past two seasons he’s made limited appearances in spring training and held back from joining a full-season minor-league team until mid-to-late May. Pitch counts limited his appearances in the early going in 2013, but have apparently increased of late as he’s been able to go five and six innings, respectively, in his last two starts.

For the season, he’s 1-1 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 2.48/2.54/1.10 in his six starts with 7 walks and 41 strikeouts, which average per nine innings at 2.17 and 12.72 respectively.

With the recent spate of rainouts, as well as the promotion of Taylor Hill last week, it’s unclear when Purke will make his High-A debut. He last pitched on Friday, which with ordinary rest would have him pitching on Wednesday or Thursday.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 4.58) vs.
De Vries (3-3, 8.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0;
@ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (5-3, 4.02)
Hill (1-0, 1.29) vs.
VerHagen (0-2, 4.35)
Potomac Postponed vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.72) vs.
Cose (1-2, 7.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-1; Won, 2-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.46) vs.
Kuchno (3-3, 5.02)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 (12 inn.) @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jackson (0-1, 4.50)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-1, 1.90) vs.
Cuevas (3-1, 0.60)

Syracuse 2 Rochester 0
• Clay (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Crotta (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R

Four Syracuse pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout, blanking Rochester for the second straight game, 2-0. Caleb Clay finally got his first AAA win, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. Mike Crotta got the last four outs, stranding a batter in the 8th and working around a hit in the 9th for his second save. Zach Walters led the Chiefs’ offense with a single, double, and an RBI.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 0 — GAME ONE
• Demny ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 0K, HR (GS)
• Herron 4⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinson 0-1, 2BB

Bowie’s Eddie Gamboa tossed a seven-inning no-hitter as Bowie shut out Harrisburg, 7-0. Paul Demny couldn’t make it out of the 1st, as he walked in a run and gave up a grand slam, charged with six runs total on three hits and four walks with two batters retired. Gamboa walked three and struck out five, with Jason Martinson the sole Senator to reach base twice.

Bowie vs. Harrisburg — PPD
As alluded in yesterday’s news & notes, the decision to gamble that the weather would hold backfired on the BaySox as the second game was rained out. There was no announcement regarding if/when it will be made up. Harrisburg is not scheduled to visit Bowie again this season.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
For the second time this weekend, the P-Nats were rained out, forcing this one to be rescheduled tentatively to Sunday, August 18th as part of a doubleheader.

Lexington 11 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Anderson (L, 5-5) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Harper 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, SB
• Renda 1-3, R, 2B

Dixon Anderson lost for the third time in four starts as the Legends pummeled the Suns, 11-1 in the continuation from Saturday night. Anderson was charged with five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out three. Lexington limited Hagerstown to just four hits, with Will Piwinica-Worms the sole multi-hit Sun at 2-for-4 with a stolen base while Tony Renda doubled and scored the only run.

Hagerstown 2 Lexington 1 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Manuel 1-2, RBI
• Mesa 1-2, RBI

Brett Mooneyham pitched six shutout innings and outdueled Lexington’s Miguel Almonte for a 2-1 win in the nightcap. Mooneyham gave up five hits and a walk whike striking out two to get his fourth win. Gilberto Mendez coughed up a leadoff homer in the 7th but finished the game for the save. Four of the five Suns hits came in the second as Estarlin Martinez and Wes Schill got on board with one-out singles while Craig Manuel and Narciso Mesa sent ’em in with two-out RBI singles. All four batters went 1-for-2 for the game.

Jamestown 6 Auburn 5
• D. Williams 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K
• Hudgins 3IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Medina (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Yezzo 4-6, 2RBI
• Valdez 3-5, R, RBI

Auburn battled back from an early 5-2 deficit to send this one into extras but fell in the 12th, 6-5. Starter Deion Williams was roughed up for five runs on five hits in just an inning and 2/3rds. Silvio Medina took the loss when a walk, steal, and a two-out single plated the gamewinner. James Yezzo and Jean Valdez continue to blister the NYPL, combining to go 7-for-11 and drive in three of the five Doubledays runs.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats have lost but once in their first eight games, building a three-game lead in the GCL East over the G-Marlins as they enter Week 3 of 11.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats have lost six of seven to fall into second place in the Boca Chica South. This week, it’s home games against the Rojos, Braves, and Cardinals, and with road games against the Braves, Cardinals and Pirates2.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Clay (0-2, 3.14) vs.
Hendriks (1-5, 6.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Bowie,
1:05 p.m.
Demny (5-5, 3.65) and
Swynenberg (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Gamboa (3-5, 3.77) and
Wright (6-2, 4.12)
Potomac Lost, 2-0; Won, 6-5 @ Wilmington,
1:05 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.72) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.87)
Hagerstown Losing, 5-0 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
(DH – comp., 7-inn.)
Mooneyham (3-2, 2.73) vs.
Almonte (3-5, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 8-5 @ Jamestown,
1:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Dickson (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 1 Rochester 0
• Roark (W, 5-3) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Broadway (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, R
• Espinosa 1-3, 2B, BB, 0K (1st gm. w/o K since demotion; 6-for-53, 30K overall)

Chris Rahl’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 1st was all the Chiefs would get. Tanner Roark and two relievers would make it all they need, combining for a three-hit shutout and 1-0 win. Roark went six innings and allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out three. Tyler Robertson struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh for the hold while Mike Broadway pitched around a hit and a walk in the and set ’em down in order in the 9th for the save. Will Rhymes went 2-for-4 and scored the lone run to lead Syracuse’s five-hit offense.
Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero, UT Jeff Kobernus optioned from Washington; RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 4
• Treinen 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Grace (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Martinson 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-4, R, 2B, RBI

Caleb Joseph took Matt Grace deep for a two-run shot in the 7th that turned out to be the difference as the Senators fell to the BaySox, 6-4. Grace had pitched 10 scoreless innings, earning him the “I” in Friday’s GBI (another victim to the “curse”). Starter Blake Treinen gave up the first four Bowie runs on eoght hits and three walks with just two strikeouts. Jason Martinson and Jimmy Van Ostrans both went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, as Harrisburg maximized its scoring chances with four runs on five hits and two walks, going 3-for-3 with RISP and two runners stranded.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; RHP Paul Demny activated from TIL; RHP Ryan Perry removed from 40-man roster (effective June 27), outrighted to Harrisburg.

Wilmington 2 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Ray (L, 6-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Oduber 1-2
• Gilmartin 1-2

Kyle Zimmer no-hit the P-Nats for five innings before Randolph Oduber broke it up with an infield single. Mike Gilmartin followed with a single to center, but that’s all the P-Nats could muster as the Blue Rocks shut out the P-Nats, 2-0. Robbie Ray’s troubles with the long ball continue. Nos. 6 and 7 of the month of June (eight for the year) account for both Wilmington runs. Ray gave up five hits total, walked one and struck out five for the complete-game loss.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 5 — GAME TWO
• Cole (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Leonida 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Gilmartin 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Potomac took a 4-1 lead early and survived a last-inning rally to earn the 6-5 win and split the doubleheader. A.J. Cole turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven. Handed a 6-3 lead, Robert Benincasa gave up back-to-back singles to open the 7th and put the tying run on third by way of a one-out triple by Jack Lopez. He would earn the save by keeping the ball in the infield for two groundball outs. Cole Leonida and Mike Gilmartin both homered, with Leonida’s three-run shot highlighting the P-Nats’ four-run 2nd.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 0 — SUSP.
• Anderson 3⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 3K

The Legends scored five times in the first two innings before the rains came to save the Suns until today. The game will be resumed this afternoon, followed by a seven-inning game for the makeshift doubleheader.

Auburn 8 Jamestown 5
• Orlan 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sylvestri (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Napoli (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 4RBI
• Dent 3-4, R, CS
• Ballou 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays never trailed in this one, taking a 3-0 lead in the 2nd and cruising to an 8-5 victory over the Jammers. R.C. Orlan couldn’t make it through the requisite five for the win, going four innings with three runs given up on four hits and three walks while striking out four. The “W” instead went to Mike Sylvestri for his unearned run allowed without a hit or a walk over two innings. David Napoli got the save with two scoreless innings. Jean Valdez went deep twice, scored three times, and drove in four to power the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 4
• Silvestre 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• P. Valdez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Wa. Ramos 1-2, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, BB

The G-Nats won for the seventh time in eight games with a 5-4 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre got the start, allowing two runs on four hits, no walks, and struck out two. Philips Valdez finished the 5th and tossed two more scoreless frames for the win, walking one and striking out three. The G-Nats took advantage of three G-Mets miscues to score five times on just seven hits. Wander Ramos drove in two with a 1st-inning double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Kyle Attl both singled and walked.
Minor-league rehab assignments: IF Blake Kelso from Potomac; OF Wander Ramos from Hagerstown.

DSL Rojos 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Pena 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• R. Rosario (L, 0-3) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Mota 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• D. Rosario 1-3, R, RBI

The D-Nats dropped their third straight game, falling to the D-Rojos by a 6-4 count. Yefri Pena got the start and allowed a run on four hits and a walk but struck out none over three innings. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who was tagged with four runs on five hits and a walk and struck out two over three innnings. Israel Mota singled, doubled, and drove in two to pace the D-Nats attack.

Nats Drop The Pretense, Call Up Jordan

No, I Said The White PhoneAfter five days of denials and juvenile posturing, the Washington Nationals formally announced last night that RHP Taylor Jordan will indeed replace Dan Haren in the starting rotation, starting this afternoon against the New York Mets.

It’s been a whirlwind season for the 24-year-old, who’s less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery and less than seven months removed from being exposed to the Rule 5 draft. Jordan’s success is well documented — 2-1, 1.24/1.02/2.46 in six starts for High-A Potomac; 7-0, 0.83/0.85/2.39 in nine appearances (essentially starts, one was following a rehab outing) for AA Harrisburg.

What remains to be seen is whether or not the lack of familiarity has been a factor in his success. In those 15 starts, he’s only faced the same opponent four times. Twice the opponent did better against him in the second start than in the first. Granted, he was still very, very good, but one cannot help but wonder if the Nationals are banking on this “lack of game tape” to succeed in the short run at the major-league while they either get Dan Haren healthy or arrange for a trade.

Which begs the question: Is this a showcase for Jordan as trade bait? It’s something brought up by a commenter, citing the September 2011 callups with Tommy Milone and Brad Peacock. That may be a stretch, but the trade deadline is 32 days from now…

As for the scouting report, Jordan throws the four-seam and two-seam fastballs (the former maxing out in the 95-97 mph range), an occasional slider and a changeup. Prior to his surgery, I spotted him throwing a curve, but that was three years ago and given the organization’s preference towards high heat and sinkers, it’s probably been shelved permanently.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4; Lost, 6-0 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (4-3, 3.69) vs.
P. Hernandez (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.44) vs.
Wei (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Postponed @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m
Ray (6-2, 3.12) and
Cole (4-3, 4.07) vs.
Zimmer (1-7, 5.98) and
Sample (1-3, 3.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (5-4, 2.88) vs.
Santiago (0-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Neverauskas (0-1, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Rosario (0-2, 2.97) vs.
Hernandez (0-0, 3.00)

Sryacuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Tatusko 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 8BB, 2K
• Lowe (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Garcia (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 1-3, 2B, 2R, BB
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Zach Walters’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 6th that broke open a 3-2 game as the Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win in the continuation from Thursday night. Ryan Tatusko had the start and walked a career-worst eight batters but minimized the damage to just two runs on four hits over four innings. Mark Lowe got the win as the pitcher of record, turning in two innings with one run allowed. Erik Davis pitched around a hit in the 9th for his ninth save. Walters went 2-for-4, as did Chris Rahl, Brian Jeroloman, and Mike Costanzo as Syracuse pounded out 13 hits for the game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-5) 6IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bocock 1-2, 2B
• Walters 1-3

Alas, the Chiefs may have saved some of those hits for the second game as the RailRiders pitchers held them to just two in a 6-0 shutout. Danny Rosenbaum was touched twice for the longball and gave up all six Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on nine hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three as his won-loss record was leveled to 5-5. Brian Bocock’s one-out double in the 3rd and Zach Walter’s two-out single in the 4th, pushing ahead Corey Brown who jhad reached on a walk, were the only two times Syracuse put a runner in scoring position.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD
Can’t mess with a fireworks night. Thus, Friday night’s rainout will be made up tomorrow afternoon instead of tonight despite this being the final visit for Harrisburg this season.

Potomac vs. Wilmington — PPD
The clouds seen in the P-Nats press box picture delivered on their promise, pouring down on Frawley Stadium and postponing Friday night’s game to tonight (how novel).

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 2
• Purke 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 8K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Matt Purke’s sensational start was erased in the space of just four batters as Lexington rallied for three in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Hagerstown. Reliever Derek Self was a double shy of the cycle in his lone inning thrown, giving up a single, home run, and a triple to first three batters he faced before retiring his first batter on a sacrifice fly. Purke had allowed just one hit over six shutout innings (his longest outing as a pro), walking none, and setting down eight on strikes. Shawn Pleffner led the Suns offense, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Jamestown 6 Auburn 5
• Johansen 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Dicharry (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Selsor 4⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• J. Valdez 3-5, R, 2B
• Yezzo 2-5, CS

Jamestown’s four-run 4th was the undoing of Auburn as the Jammers held off the Doubledays’ 9th-inning charge for a 6-5 victory. Jake Johansen failed to get out of the third inning for the second straight start, giving up a hit, a run, and three walks while striking two. Kevin Dicharry took the loss, his second, with four runs charged to him over an inning pitched. Isaac Ballou’s two-run double highlighted Auburn’s three-run rally in the 9th but couldn’t get past third to tie it. Jean Valdez led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed by James Yezzo at 2-for-5.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 5
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bafidis (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 4-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-5, 2RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Mets three runs in the bottom of the 6th with four in the top of the 7th, holding on for a 6-5 win. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (4-for-5), Bryan Mejia (2-for-4), and Osvaldo Abreu (2-for-5) each had RBI singles in the frame. Ryan Ullmann got the start and gave up a run over three innings on two hits and no walks while striking out four. Kelvin Rodriguez had the blown-save-win with two runs allowed over two innings. Cory Bafidis tossed two prefect innings to get the save, his first.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

DSL Cubs 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Torres (L, 0-2) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Reynoso 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tillero 1-3, 2B
• Mercedes 1-4, 2B

The D-Cubs shut out the D-Nats and took over first place in the Boca Chica South division with a 3-0 win. Starter Luis Torres gave up all three D-Cubs runs on four his and three walks over four innings while striking out five. The D-Nats were held to just four hits, with Jorge Tillero and Yermin Mercedes each doubling.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 11

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 30-48, 6th place I.L. North, 19½ games behind

Good Ryan Tatusko 70.4 LOB%
Bad Danny Espinosa 29K in 14G
Interesting 21 HBP by Chiefs pitchers 2nd fewest in the I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 44-35, 1st place E.L. West, 4 games ahead

Good Aaron Barrett 12.1 K/9IP, 2.59 BB/9IP, 4.67 K:BB ratio
Bad Jose Lozada .156/.235/.200 in June (18G)
Interesting Matt Grace 0.00 ERA, .094 OBA in first 7 appearances

POTOMAC NATIONALS 5-1, 1st place C.L. North Champs, 1½ games ahead (47-28 overall)

Good Adrian Nieto .389/.450/.625 in June
Bad Brian Dupra 3.91 K/9IP
Interesting Michael Taylor 28 of 31 SB (90.3% success rate)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 5-3, T2nd place Sally North, 1 game behind (43-32 overall)

Good Brandon Miller .249 ISO Avg.
Bad Bryan Harper 1.75 WHIP
Interesting 43% defensive CS rate, best in Sally League

DSL NATIONALS 13-8, T1st Boca Chica South, 2 games ahead

Good 17-y.o. Maximo Valerio 1.90ERA, 1.06WHIP, 2.19 FIP in 5 starts
Bad 17-y.o. Darryl Florentino .161BA, 16K in 18G
Interesting 17-y.o. Aldrem Corredor 14BB in 18G

Friday’s News & Notes

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 2-1
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m. (conclusion)
Rosenbaum (5-4, 3.69) vs.
Marshall (2-6, 6.72)
Harrisburg Won, 11-6 @ Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.44) vs.
Gamboa (3-5, 3.77)
Potomac Losing, 1-0
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m
Ray (6-2, 3.12) vs.
Zimmer (1-7, 5.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-1, 3.13) vs.
Simmons (0-1, 7.59)
Auburn Lost, 5-3; Winning, 1-0
@ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 2.70)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Figueroa (2-0, 1.50)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 1 — SUSP.
The rains came in the middle in fourth in upstate New York, halting play with the RailRiders leading the Chiefs, 2-1. It will be completed today, weather permitting, at 5 p.m. followed by the regularly scheduled game.
Roster move: IF Josh Johnson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 6
• Gilliam 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 4-6, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Bloxom 3-4, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Buoyed by some kid named Harper (2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI), Harrisburg clubbed Bowie for six runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 11-6 victory. The Senators pounded out 15 hits total, with Jared Head leading the way with a 4-for-6, 4RBI night, followed by Justin Bloxom’s 3-for-4, two-double, two-walk effort. Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and 2RBI in his AA debut. Rob Gilliam couldn’t get out of the fourth, giving up six hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came in with the bases loaded in the 4th and stranded all three and pitched a scoreless 5th to get the win.

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0 — SUSP.
Heavy rains swept through Woodbridge in the bottom of the third with two runners on and no outs as the game was eventually suspended. It will be picked up on the 1st of August, when the Pelicans next visit Potomac. It’ll be a 5:30 p.m. start for the completion followed by a 7-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Broderick placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Colin Bates activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Encarnacion 6+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Pena (W, 3-3) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dickson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Perez 1-3, R, BB

Brandon Miller’s two-run triple, the third straight hit with two outs, capped an 8th-inning comeback for a 5-4 Hagerstown win over Lexington. All the scoring cam in just three half innings, with Suns striking first with three in the 2nd. Starter Pedro Encarnacion had a three-hit shutout through six frames until Lexington stunned him with three hits and three runs in the space of three batters, including back-to-back home runs. He gave up six hits total, walked one and struck out four over six-plus innings. Ronald Pena gave up an unearned run to complete the Legends’ four-run 7th but got the win after pitching a scoreless 8th. Ian Dickson shut the door in the 9th for his first save as a Sun.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3 — GAME ONE
• Barrientos 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Hollins (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lippincott 2-3, R

Auburn posted a picket fence in the early going, only to see the 3-0 lead evaporate in the 7th for 5-3 loss. Joel Barrientos threw five shutout innings in his first start for the Doubledays, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Leonard Hollins blew the save and took the loss, letting in two inherited runs and giving up three hits and a walk to the six batters he faced, retiring one on a strikeout. James Yezzo and Bryan Lippincott both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, with Yezzo hitting his first professional home run.

Williamsport 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Play was halted with one out in the third with the Doubledays leading 1-0. It will be made up later this season.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-3, R, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB

The G-Nats got right back up on the proverbial horse, winning for the fifth time in six games with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, walking none, and fanning seven. Diomedes Eusebio led the offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

DSL Cubs 2 DSL Nationals 0
• Morales (L, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Yrizarri 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Tillero 1-3, 2B
• Mercedes 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were held to just four hits as the D-Cubs shut them out, 2-0. 18-y.o. Jose Morales started for the first time in six appearances, taking the loss with a run on two hits and a walk over three inning. Jorge Tillero connected for the sole extra-base hit while Yermin Mercedes was the only D-Nat to reach base twice; both went 1-for-3.

Jason Martinson Promoted To Harrisburg

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators have announced that Potomac SS Jason Martinson has been promoted from Potomac, while SS Josh Johnson returns to Syracuse to make room on the AA roster.

Martinson had been hitting .268/.374/.484 with a team-leading 12 home runs and 53 RBIs for the P-Nats and had played in 73 of 75 games, which is also the most for the team. He was the Carolina League Player of the Week twice in April.

A corresponding move has yet to be announced, as the activation of Colin Bates from the DL more closely resembles the move in reaction to Brian Broderick going onto the DL, as feared from his aborted relief outing last night.

Martinson was drafted by the Nationals in 2010 out of Texas State University and has risen slowly through the A-ball ranks, splitting time between Low-A and High-A 2012 after spending all of 2011 in Hagerstown. He was a taxi squad player on the 2012 AFL team batting .189 with a HR and 8RBI in 11 games.

Like Zach Walters ahead him on the ladder, Martinson represents the next wave of infielders that could potentially back up incumbents Ian Desmond and (let’s face it) Anthony Rendon. Two things have held him back thus far: his penchant for strikeouts, and shaky defense.

The K’s may be something he never quite tames, and in today’s game, that seems to be tolerated as the price for such power, which he has in spades for middle infielder. Of late, he’s been drawing more walks, and all season long he’s grinded out the at-bats, which I’d be willing to bet is one of the reasons he’s getting the bump.

Defensively, he’s made great strides just in the parts of two seasons I’ve seen him, learning to play within his range and making better decisions. Does it mean he’s a highlight reel? No, but he can pretty much be counted to make the routine plays and no longer makes youthful mistakes. That may sound like faint praise, so to put it more concretely – he made 33 errors in 113 games at SS in ’11. He’s on pace in ’13 to make roughly 15 errors over that same number of games.